Israel news

Violence escalates around Gaza Strip

By JC Reporter, May 6, 2016

Israel’s security cabinet is due to convene today after a motar shell was fired at IDF soldiers on the Gaza border on Friday morning.

The soldiers did not suffer any injuries or fatalities.

In a statement, the army said that at about 6am, "another round of artillery was fired at an IDF unit that was carrying out an operational activity near the barrier in the southern Gaza Strip."

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Ben-Gurion University’s David Newman faces probe over sexual harassment claim

By Orlando Radice, May 5, 2016

Professor David Newman, dean of the humanities and social sciences department at Ben-Gurion University, is facing disciplinary proceedings after being accused of sexual harassment by a student.

Rivka Carmi, the university’s president, decided to approve the disciplinary process after a preliminary inquiry was carried out.

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IDF discovers second Hamas terror tunnel in one month

By JC Reporter, May 5, 2016

The IDF has found a tunnel running from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

The discovery is the second such tunnel discovered by Israeli forces in a month.

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Likud-Zionist Union unity deal back on the cards

By Nathan Jeffay, May 5, 2016

A deal to bring Israel's main opposition party into the government is back on the cards, as the cloud of scandal starts to lift from opposition leader Isaac Herzog.

The unity agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and the main opposition party, Zionist Union, was put on ice in March when Mr Herzog was named as a suspect in a corruption investigation.

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Shaked move towards 'settlements annex'

By Nathan Jeffay, May 5, 2016

Ayelet Shaked, Israel's Justice Minister, has said that she is working to apply full Israeli civil law to West Bank settlements within a year.

Ms Shaked's party, Jewish Home, wants parts of the West Bank to become sovereign Israeli territory, and her plan is widely being seen as a step towards this end.

The Israeli left is furious, and Zehava Gal-On, chairwoman of the left-wing Meretz party,

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Cheers! Why some Israeli farmers are raising their glasses to the boycotters

By Shira Rubin, May 5, 2016

When the European Union issued guidelines on labelling products from West Bank settlements last November, the winemakers at Shilo Wineries lost almost all of their European clients.

"Many businesses here stopped production to see what the impact of the law would be, but I wasn't worried for a moment.

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Ayelet Shaked under fire over move towards ‘settlements annex’

By Nathan Jeffay, May 4, 2016

Israel’s Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, said on Sunday she was working to apply full Israeli civil law to West Bank settlements within a year.

Ms Shaked’s party, Jewish Home, wants parts of the West Bank to become sovereign Israeli territory, and her plan is widely being seen as a step towards this end.

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Majority of Israelis prefer Hillary Clinton

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 27, 2016

A majority of Israelis believe that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton will be the better president for Israel.

In a survey carried out just before Pesach by TNS polling company for Israel's Channel One, 42 per cent of respondents said that Mrs Clinton was preferable, while 34 per cent said that the Republican frontrunner Donald Trump would be better.

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Interview: Yossi Gal

By Tim Marshall, April 27, 2016

VOne of Israel's most experienced diplomats believes the boycott movement in academia is merely a "nuisance", but that the "dramatic" rise in antisemitic incidents across Europe is an unfolding tragedy.

Yossi Gal spent 40 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was a negotiator at the Madrid Peace Conference and rose to become Director General at the MFA.

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Police advise closure of Herzog case

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 27, 2016

The leader of Israel's opposition, Isaac Herzog, was questioned last week by police as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations that he committed fraud during his 2013 leadership campaign.

Other members of his campaign team have also been questioned under suspicion that services rendered during his successful bid for the Labour Party leadership were not documented or paid for.

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